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Cutleaf Toothwort

Cutleaf Toothwort (Dentara laciniata)

In bloom March 29 - April 29. This 4-15 inch tall plant is very common in the natural area and one of the earliest common blooms to be seen on the trails. White or pink flowers are clustered at the end of the slender stem. There are three leaves in a whorl, each leaf divided into 5 very narrow parts. The name "toothwort" refers to the ivory colored undergound stems with sharp tooth-like knobs on their surface. These underground stems are edible and have a peppery taste.

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